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Citizen Wall & Desk Clocks With Designs Based On Watch Dials

Citizen Wall & Desk Clocks With Designs Based On Watch Dials Watch Releases

If you’re looking for traditional watchmaking techniques, interesting material use, and avant-garde concepts of high-end horology, consider this article a light palate-cleanser between courses. Japanese watchmaker Citizen has announced a collection of clocks meant to offer modern designs based on the brand’s watches. The Citizen wall and desk clocks are at least reminiscent of Citizen watch designs, and with prices ranging between $100 and $250, it is easy to imagine they could be fun gadgets for watch lovers.

Citizen Wall & Desk Clocks With Designs Based On Watch Dials Watch Releases

With the near atomically accurate time available on computers and phones, it has been noted many times that wristwatches offer little practical utility beyond some convenience. Yet, while not necessary, they can still be useful and attractive, and the same is true of clocks. The dials of the new Citizen clocks use 3D printing to add depth and detail, and across the collection are featured “upscale materials such as solid wood, crystal, leather, and metals.”

Citizen Wall & Desk Clocks With Designs Based On Watch Dials Watch Releases

Citizen Wall & Desk Clocks With Designs Based On Watch Dials Watch Releases

Citizen has, unfortunately, provided relatively little more information on the clocks themselves. For example, we don’t know some basic things like measurements – though that is arguably less critical than when we are looking at wristwatches where a few millimeters can make the difference between wearable and unwearable. Furthermore, while we know that there will be five collections – Decorative Accents, Workplace, Gallery, Outdoor, and Executive Suite – we don’t know which ones are which. It is not clear if the clocks we have pictures of from Citizen represent the full collection that will debut in Fall 2017 or if there are more, but we understand that they will continue to add models.

Citizen Wall & Desk Clocks With Designs Based On Watch Dials Watch Releases

The clock shown above, based on Citizen’s chronograph watch designs, appears to be the most full-featured with a hydrometer and thermometer replacing chronograph sub-dials, as well as a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock for Citizen’s Eco-Drive light-powered technology. In addition to the time, at least one other clock also features the hydrometer and thermometer, which is probably useful. The clock above particularly looks like a Citizen Promaster Eco Drive Chronograph AV0020-55A AV0020 – amusingly, with even the tachymeter there for decoration. Why not go all the way and have non-functioning pushers as well? On that and similar watches, the on/off switch at 7:30 tells you if the alarm is activated or not. Here, again, it may also be just decorative, since it is not clear in Citizen’s pictures or materials how the alarm would be set. We will give Citizen the benefit of the doubt that the Eco-Drive wordmark and power reserve indicator are actually functional.

Citizen Wall & Desk Clocks With Designs Based On Watch Dials Watch Releases

Citizen Wall & Desk Clocks With Designs Based On Watch Dials Watch Releases

The collection appears to be varied, with some taking cues from certain watches and others more generally incorporating Citizen’s “signature design codes.” The cylindrical desk clock that appears very automotive-inspired is particularly cool-looking to me. I’ve often seen the clocks in watch brand boutiques, for instance, that look like Rolex, Hublot, Audemars Piguet, or other watches and wondered if you could buy them somewhere.

Citizen Wall & Desk Clocks With Designs Based On Watch Dials Watch Releases

Not that you need to be a watch enthusiast to find a simple, modern clock an appealing appointment for the home or office, but the reference to Citizen watches is fun. We recently talked about a Junghans Max Bill “collectors set” featuring a quartz desk clock that added about $500 to the price of the watch alone. And we won’t even get into the high-end, avant-garde MB&F collaborations with Swiss clockmaker L’Epée (but you can see hands-on examples like this Melchior Robot Clock or this Starfleet Machine Clock) that many of us appreciate but far fewer can afford. The Citizen clocks offer the brand’s familiar value and style, and they will be available online and in-store from Fall 2017 for prices in the range of $105 $250. citizenwatch.com

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  • Travis Cannata

    Huge fan of desk clocks. This is exciting for me.

    • Marius

      Please define “exciting.”

      • William & Falcon

        And while you’re at it, please define “exiting” for Raymond.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          William ! ,that’s quite enough thank you.

          • William & Falcon

            Sorry bud.

          • Berndt Norten

            Their you go again, Will I AM

          • William & Falcon

            You’r rite. Im sorry two you to, Burnt.

          • Berndt Norten

            Your excused Willem.

        • Anything fried – he is a Scot ya know, ha ha. I only mention this as my daughter pointed out fried Twinkies at WalMart tonight. I assumed they were imported from Scotland. We got to talking about what else they could fry (food that is). Fried Jello is about the weirdest I could come up with on short notice. I hope that does not exist anyway. But if it does, you will no doubt find it in Ray neck of the woods.

          • William & Falcon

            Nice! Fried lime jello with a mayo dipping sauce. Hells to the yeahs.

      • IG
        • DanW94

          Is that from Martha Stewart’s Kama Sutra clock collection?

          • IG

            No, it’s from the AliExpress cheap shite collection.

          • William & Falcon

            “Four o’clock means it’s time for cucumber sandwiches and some reverse cowgirl. It’s a good thing.”

        • Raymond Wilkie

          What’s happening at 5 o clock ?…………….infact, don’t tell; me !

          • William & Falcon

            Either childbirth or a buttplug accident. They’re at the hospital in either case.

          • Crass but funny!

          • William & Falcon

            Completely coincidentally I stumbled upon an article today at nypost.com about this very subject. It’s kinda disgusting, and not about watches at all, so I won’t post the link here, but here are a few choice quotes:

            “I began to panic and told him I needed to go the hospital. He said it should come out naturally on the toilet and then he said ‘I’m really sorry I have work early in the morning’ and he shot off.”

            Post-surgery nurses offered the toy as a keepsake which she accepted.

            “It’s not as embarrassing as it seems – people [in the emergency room] see things like this all the time and will have seen far worse things up people’s rectums.”

          • Guess it was not childbirth related. Yes, very off-topic.

          • William & Falcon

            Your wife is sad that you don’t know that one.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Wife ?! No no no

      • Travis Cannata

        Exactly in the middle of riding a Roller Coaster, and finishing a load of laundry where all the socks matched.

  • Paul

    The three-handers look like they belong on the wall of a Citizen AD, hanging right above the display cases. The “chronographs” are pretty cool, though… as an enthusiast I could definitely get into one of those for sure, and the added functionality of a thermometer and hydrometer is a nice touch.

  • Chaz

    Off to Nihon today. Will definitely keep an eye out for these. Especially that Roman marker swivel clock!

  • Marius

    Amazing stuff!! That’s some crazy sh#t right here! The imagination is strong in these guys.

    Unfortunately, I have bad news. I just visited their website, and apparently, the “Buy” button is inactive. In other words, they’re all SOLD OUT!!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Super boring™ x 8 even with only half the information.

  • Word Merchant

    This is beyond terrible. This is an abomination. I have a watch for my wrist, a clock for my wall, and a phone for my desk. The separation is paramount, expected and correct. Each device in its rightful place, fulfilling its rightful role. This is how the world works.

    So how on earth do you expect decent men and women to cast their eyes over a clock on a desk. I mean, really? A clock on a desk. Not on a wall. On. A. Desk. Are Citizen deliberately trying to rile good people-folk by offering deviant devices shown in almost satanic aspects? This needs to stop right now. Would you put a watch in a pocket? Of course not, you’d have to be the sickest pervert to do this. You’d deserve to be mocked by all who met you. So why in the name of heaven would a clock be placed on a desk? And why would anyone stoop so low as to photo it? What sort of world do we live in now?

    To summarise: watches are for wrists; clocks are for walls. Putting either anywhere else is akin to breaking wide open the very laws of nature, universe and God that we all live by. These photos are truly the most offensive thing I have ever seen on the internet in all my days. Apart from goatse. That was pretty radical.

    • egznyc

      Have you heard that some people even have the temerity to place a clock – usually with an alarm complication – on a night stand?

      • Word Merchant

        Disgusting.

    • I believe what you are alluding to (breaking the laws of nature) will cause a rift in time/space and perhaps Citizen is intentionally trying to create a small worm hole (on your desk) for interstellar travel. In which case the asking prices are very reasonable (compared to even a sub-orbital flight with Virgin Galactic).

  • BNABOD

    yeah………….no

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Great! Finally a desk watch with a tachymeter. Never in the history of horology i’ve seen this.

    • William & Falcon

      You never take your desk clock in the car for lap timing?

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Due to the fact, that my car is slower than a snail and it doesn’t stay on the road like it should (you can’t call it understeering anymore. It refuses to take order from the steering wheel)-no.

    • Especially without pushers to operate it.

      • William & Falcon

        “Do you have any idea how fast you were going?”

        “Well, officer, judging by the small seconds on my desk clock, I’d say about 100 hygros. No wait…”

        • Well boy, this is a 55 hygros zone. I’m gunna give ya a break un only write ya up for doing 79 so ya won’t lose your license.

          • William & Falcon

            Thank you, officer.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Can i see some wrist watches please if it’s not to much bother.

  • SuperStrapper

    I have a few watch dealer clocks, they’re on the wall in my man cave. I could give af about their usefulness, they’re cool to look at. Giant working versions of popular dials, got them from closing or updating dealers. I will almost certainly get this chronograph dial clock and put it in the row, and set it to Tokyo time.

  • William Jones

    How odd! Nicely designed products that are practical and functional and do not cost an arm and a leg. Why on earth are these being featured here?

  • What a lame product release from Citizen. Outside of photos and price they really didn’t supply enough information. How lame for what are no doubt sort of cool in their own way. Corporations…and their marketing folks…(sad).

    • Simon_Hell

      ?

      You mean like calibers and number of jewels?

      • Like sizes. Or maybe which references inspired them.

  • William & Falcon

    Picture 7/9 (copper/black), the 40 is upside down. Strange.

    • Wow you are right – that is a deal breaker for me. Citizen just lost a sale right there.

    • Mr. Snrub

      You have the eyes of a falcon.

  • Azhigaliyev Maksat

    Well PP, Hublot, AP, Breguet, UN have wall clocks, why not let have Citizen the fun? I know that all of those other wall clocks are fakes made in China, but at least makes on by themselves, which is good. I imagine presenting the Citizen wall clock to my colleague, saying: well if you dont want to wear a Citizen, at least let your wall or table wear it!

  • Simon_Hell

    These remind me of wall clocks

  • Jonathan W. Fink

    I think the watch industry really is hurting.

  • spiceballs

    Praneeth – mmmm – it has a hyGrometer (which measures humidity) not a hyDrometer – which measure specific gravity/relative density, which wouldn’t be of too much use in a desk clock 🙂

  • Mike Gr

    I’ve checked their website now and then and have never found one of these posted. Anyone got a status update on when these will be released, or if they have been, where I can find them?